Social Security Amendment Passes

by Desk Editor (Tuesday, July 5, 2016 — 8:17 PM)

The Social Security (Extension of Young Persons Services and Remedial Matters) Amendment Bill has passed its final reading.

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Maritime Crimes Bill Progresses

by Desk Editor (Tuesday, July 5, 2016 — 6:00 PM)

The Maritime Crimes Amendment Bill has passed first reading unopposed and been referred to the Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Committee.

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Maori Language Week Lost in Translation

by Desk Editor (Tuesday, July 5, 2016 — 5:20 PM)

Maori Language Week in the House begins with the Speaker, David Carter, reading the daily prayer in te reo. While several MPs ask questions in te reo many are non-plussed when they can’t find their headsets to hear the interpretation of the answers from the Minister for Maori Development, Te Ururoa Flavell. Seven of the […]

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Access Week in Parliament 5-7-16

by Desk Editor (Tuesday, July 5, 2016 — 1:15 PM)

An extended version of the Week in Parliament, with more on the appointment of temporary ombudsman Leo Donnelly – plus Greens foreign affairs spokesman, Kennedy Graham speaking about the Ombudsman’s report on Rebstock Inquiry.

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Questions to Ministers July 5

by Desk Editor (Tuesday, July 5, 2016 — 11:36 AM)

DAVID BENNETT to the Minister of Finance: What recent announcements has the Government made to accelerate the supply of new housing where it is needed the most?

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Pacific MPs Visit on a Busy Week

by Desk Editor (Friday, July 1, 2016 — 3:25 PM)

House welcomes visiting MPs from around the Pacific; Phil Twyford pays tribute to murdered British MP Jo Cox; NZ First leader Winston Peters raises questions about John Key’s stance on Brexit; Questions also to the Prime Minister about the Shewan Report on private trusts – which is also the subject of an urgent debate; Ministers […]

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Plain Packaging Bill Progresses

by Desk Editor (Thursday, June 30, 2016 — 5:54 PM)

The Smoke-free Environments (Tobacco Plain Packaging) Amendment Bill has passed its second reading.

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Missing Ministers Attract Complaints

by Desk Editor (Thursday, June 30, 2016 — 5:13 PM)

Opposition complaint about absent ministers on Thursdays could lead to a change in Standing Orders. Whanau Ora minister, Te Ururoa Flavell, challenged to produce evidence that Whanau Ora is making any meaningful impact for Maori, stops short of seeking leave to table reports but does so after being told he can table the papers as […]

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Health (Protection) Bill Passes

by Desk Editor (Thursday, June 30, 2016 — 4:16 PM)

The Health (Protection) Amendment Bill has passed its final reading.

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Questions & Answers – June 29

by Desk Editor (Thursday, June 30, 2016 — 3:01 PM)

Finance, Minister—Statements 1. JONO NAYLOR (National) to the Minister of Finance: Does he stand by his statement that “a priority for this Government is to build a more productive and competitive economy that supports jobs and higher incomes”?

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Questions to Ministers – June 30

by Desk Editor (Thursday, June 30, 2016 — 12:35 PM)

Hon ANNETTE KING to the Minister of Health: What reports, if any, has he received on the impact of homelessness, inequality, and natural disasters, on the mental health of New Zealanders?

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Overseas Investment Bill Voted Down

by Desk Editor (Wednesday, June 29, 2016 — 10:39 PM)

The Overseas Investment (Protection of New Zealand Homebuyers) Amendment Bill has failed to pass its first reading.

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Keep KiwiBank Bill Voted Down

by Desk Editor (Wednesday, June 29, 2016 — 9:48 PM)

The Keep KiwiBank Bill has failed to pass its final reading.

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Under-Secretaries Bill Passes

by Desk Editor (Wednesday, June 29, 2016 — 9:00 PM)

The Official Information (Parliamentary Under-Secretaries) Amendment Bill has passed its final reading.

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6 Months’ Paid Leave Bill Vetoed

by Desk Editor (Wednesday, June 29, 2016 — 8:56 PM)

The debate on the third reading of the Parental Leave and Employment Protection (6 Months’ Paid Leave) Amendment Bill was completed.

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Foundation of the Blind Act Bill Progresses

by Desk Editor (Wednesday, June 29, 2016 — 5:09 PM)

The Royal New Zealand Foundation of the Blind Act Repeal Bill has passed its second reading without a division.

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Dramatic Speeches in General Debate

by Desk Editor (Wednesday, June 29, 2016 — 5:00 PM)

New Zealand First leader, Winston Peters, levels serious allegations against Silver Ferns Farms. Greens foreign affairs spokesman, Kennedy Graham, attacks the government’s response to Ombudsman’s report on the Paula Rebstock inquiry into leaked documents from MFAT. Judith Collins faces questions as the Minister of Police in the committee rooms and later as Minister of Corrections […]

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